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Genocide in Iraq

The word genocide should never be used lightly. But it must be used when it accurately describes what is going on in a region—like the genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in Northern Iraq. I am sensitive to this … Continue reading

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Those Blasted Presbyterians: Reflections on Independence Day

“We are subject to the men who rule over us, but subject only in the Lord. If they command anything against him, let us not pay the least regard to it.” Book Four, Calvin’s Institutes “I fix all the blame … Continue reading

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Saints in Scripture

All kinds of definitions of saints have been given. A cynic once said, “a saint is a dead sinner, revised and edited.” I recall that the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson said, “the saints are merely sinners who kept on … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Temperature of Cities

Cities have spiritual temperatures.  So suggests a recent joint study from the Barna Group and the American Bible Society which ranked 100 cities on their “Bible mindedness.” http://cities.barna.org/americas-most-bible-minded-cities-2014/ Now let’s back up. We know from the Bible that cities have … Continue reading

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Reformed Classics You Should Know: The Westminster Shorter Catechism

In every generation, one of the most critical tasks of the church is to pass on the truth of God’s Word to the next generation. This usually takes place through evangelism, adult education, and the diligent teaching of children. In … Continue reading

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The Year Ahead: 2014

The new year is upon us and it is time again to think ahead and anticipate. What will the year hold? At the end of each year I like to look down the road and be somewhat ready for what … Continue reading

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The Four Days of Christmas: One Pastor’s “Coping Mechanisms” For Doing Christmas Wisely

“Boy it must suck to be a pastor in December,” a friend once said to me. He was thinking—funerals in December, too many devotionals and sermons to give, too many Christmas events to attend, four Christmas Eve services, little time … Continue reading

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